Increasingly, CBD products are becoming the first port of call for owners of dogs suffering from painful, inflammatory, or anxiety-causing conditions. Learn about hip dysplasia in dogs and how CBD can help, with CBD Success Stories & Testimonials from happy pet parents!
Is CBD oil good for hip dysplasia in dogs?
Increasingly, CBD products for dogs are becoming the first port of call for owners of dogs suffering from painful, inflammatory, or anxiety-causing conditions.
Thanks to CBD oil’s lack of side effects on dogs, low toxicity, and ability to pair with other treatment courses, it’s helping many pups retain their quality of life while undergoing a chronic issue.
So, how well do dogs with hip dysplasia respond to CBD treatment, and how much evidence is there for, or against, using CBD in this context?
Canine hip dysplasia – An overview
Hip dysplasia can affect any dog, but it’s more prevalent in bigger breeds and is linked to a mix of environmental and dietary factors.
The health of canine hips is closely associated with the amount and type of exercise a dog gets in their life. While often diagnosed with age, dysplasia is not necessarily restricted to older dogs. The beginnings of dysplasia can usually be traced to uneven growth rates in puppyhood. The seeds of hip dysplasia are usually genetic and begin as a puppy’s muscle mass and hormones increase during growth spurts.
The hip is a ball and socket joint, which should fit snugly and move smoothly with a reasonable level of mobility. Dysplasia occurs when space opens up between the ball at the end of the femur and the socket of the hip. In dogs suffering dysplasia, the joint will be loose or underdeveloped, and the two elements will begin to grind against each other.
For most pups (but not all), this grinding will cause progressive pain and inflammation. As symptoms progress, owners often begin to notice changes in the way their dog walks and sits.
To reduce the chance of growth issues—especially in puppies expected to grow larger than 50 pounds—weight and feeding should be closely monitored.
Why consider CBD oil for dogs with hip dysplasia?
Treatment for hip dysplasia should always be determined by a veterinarian. When dogs do present with discomfort from dysplasia, symptoms often stem from inflammation that surrounds the hurting joint.
As a result, many are put on courses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs are intended to affect hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which the body releases in response to irritation, injury, or infection. Prostaglandins are largely responsible for initiating pain and inflammation, and so blocking their activity, NSAIDs can often reduce symptoms.
When properly prescribed, NSAIDs are usually safe for dogs, and have minimal side effects. But because they do interfere with prostaglandins, they can mitigate the positive effects of these compounds—the results of which can be serious. In some cases, this can cause kidney, liver, and digestive tract issues.
Common visible side effects of NSAIDs reported to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine include:
• Lack of interest in food
• Lethargy or low activity level
In rarer cases, things can get more severe, with stomach ulcers, kidney and liver failure reported in some dogs.
Note: Human NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen should never be given to dogs!
When could CBD oil help with hip dysplasia?
For dogs who present with NSAID side effects, CBD is able to offer equivalent pain and inflammation reduction by utilizing an entirely different pharmacology and biological mechanism.
Working through the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD is able to affect receptors known to mediate pain, inflammation, and immune response. Research on exactly how CBD interacts with the body’s immune system is ongoing, but the association has been shown in repeated humans and animal trials.
Even for dogs who are on a successful course of treatment, CBD can provide additional, wider benefits, taking out any residual inflammation while also acting on the anxiety and stress that can accompany reduced mobility.
When won’t CBD oil help with hip dysplasia?
CBD won’t cure dysplasia, and it’s also not a substitute for the many beneficial therapies and lifestyle changes that can make a real difference to dogs with pelvic issues.
For example, CBD shouldn’t replace dietary supplements such as vitamin C and vitamin E, which help in their own way to reduce inflammation in the bones and joints (for best results.
Any exercise that helps to move the hips joints in moderation, without increasing pain, can also be beneficial—short walks and swimming are both good options.
At a certain stage of hip dysplasia, both CBD and NSAIDs reach their limits. When the degradation of the joint reaches the point where therapy stops being beneficial and a dog’s daily life is seriously impeded, veterinarians will turn to surgical procedures.
The type of surgery dogs undergo usually depends on their age, lifestyle, and the severity of their disorder. Common options include total hip replacement, femoral head osteotomy, and Dorsal Acetabular Rim-plasty (DARthroplasty), which uses grafts to adjust the way bodyweight rests upon the hip.
The bottom line: CBD for dogs with hip dysplasia
CBD can be an effective alternative to treatment with NSAIDs for many dogs who need to reduce the symptoms of hip dysplasia, but don’t gel well with non-steroidal drugs for one reason or another. Often, best results come from using CBD as a supplement to other treatments and lifestyle changes.
We recommend these CBD oils for dogs in pain & arthritis if you decide to give canine CBD a try.
Hip Dysplasia: CBD Success Stories
We know our dogs have the time of their life running around, jumping, fetching, playing with other dogs. That’s why hip dysplasia in dogs can be so scary. Oftentimes by the time they are taken to the veterinarian, it’s usually because their activity level has already significantly decreased, they struggle to jump on the couch or run around like they used to, which is a worry for their quality of life. The good news is that there’s a lot we can do to make our dogs comfortable and ensure they still have a great quality of life.
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What is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?
In order to fully understand the detrimental effects of hip dysplasia (also referred to as Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or DDH) and weighing out the available options, it’s important to understand what hip dysplasia actually is.
Dysplasia is derived from Greek words meaning “bad formation.” Basically, that’s the description in a nutshell. Bad formation. If you take a look at the hip, you’ll see the hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The head of the femur bone is the ball. The groove on the pelvic bone (acetabulum) is the socket. When the ball doesn’t fit snug inside the socket, damage starts to occur. The bones grind together partially because the fit isn’t snug, but also because the cartilage is continuously being worn down.
This isn’t usually immediately seen. Dogs instinctively hide pain, so they aren’t likely to show it until it’s to the point where they are struggling. Once a dog is showing the pain more obviously, the cartilage has typically already been worn and the muscles have been strained. In severe cases of hip dysplasia, dogs may experience decreased mobility, arthritis in their joints, and a degree of lameness generally in their hind end.
The Cause of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hip dysplasia is genetic, it’s hereditary and for many dogs, it’s just a matter of age and time. Hip dysplasia is also more commonly found in larger breeds due to the speed of their growth and the effects of weight on their ball and socket. Not all dog breeds are prone to hip dysplasia, but those that are can experience a great deal of pain by the time they are showing their symptoms.
Recognizing the Signs of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
If you aren’t sure if your dog has hip dysplasia, it’s best to consult with a holistic veterinarian to obtain a diagnosis, but the most common symptoms include the following:
- Activity levels slowing: Dogs with hip dysplasia who were once active may appear to be too tired to get up. You’ll likely notice a significant decrease in activity levels over time. Your dog might sleep more and have less of an urge to go fetch the stick or play her favorite ball game.
- The stairs are too much: This is one of the top complaints when a dog lover brings her dog into the veterinarian’s office. My dog can’t get up the stairs or stops walking halfway through the journey. The inflammation can cause a decreased range of motion in your dog’s ‘ball and socket.’ You may also notice your dog’s hesitation or lack of ability to jump into the car or jump onto your bed as well.
- Weakness in the back legs: Depending on how bad your dog has instinctively allowed hip dysplasia to become, you may notice her back legs giving out from under her. Over time, the wear and tear from the bones rubbing against one another may result in your dog’s ball and socket not working at all. This results in inflammation and pain and/or the inability to use one of her back legs.
- Trouble Getting Up: You may begin to notice your dog has lost the ‘pep in her step’ and now has trouble getting up on her own. It may take her a few extra moments or she could struggle for a significant duration of time depending on the severity of the condition.
Conventional Options: NSAIDs to Reduce Inflammation
Traditionally, a veterinarian would recommend NSAIDs to reduce painful inflammation, but these carry a wide range of side effects. For some dogs, the disadvantages of NSAIDs outweigh the advantages. Dogs who take conventional anti-inflammatory drugs may experience vomiting, lack of appetite, depression, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, kidney failure, and/or liver failure.
Alternative Options: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and CBD For Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Chondroitin and Glucosamine are excellent for assisting with inflammation, but unfortunately, we have yet to find a consistently reliable source we can recommend. All the supplements we have found thus far have not been high in purity and will therefore be less effective.
You may ask yourself, “Is CBD good for dogs with hip dysplasia?” The answer is yes! Full Spectrum CBD oil for dogs with hip dysplasia is a side-effect free, safe option for your dog.
Inflammation is the root cause for hundreds of issues. Any time you (or your pet) experience chronic pain, arthritis, allergies, anxiety, pancreatitis (or any diagnosis ending in “itis”), diabetes, autoimmune diseases, IBD, and other GI issues– it is inflammation that causes the symptoms to worsen, or even the cause of the issue itself. Full spectrum hemp extract (CBD) has been proven to shorten the duration and frequency of inflammation-related issues including hip dysplasia, arthritis and joint pain, seizures, pancreatitis, allergies, anxiety, diabetes, Cushing’s Disease and other autoimmune diseases.
Full Spectrum CBD is also great for reducing pain. Cannabis has been used as an effective analgesic dating back thousands of years. One of the ways it does this is actually by changing the way their central nervous system communicates the sensation of pain to our brains.
CBD ‘talks to’ specific receptors in a dog’s body to help reduce the inflammation caused by the wear and tear, and damage of the ball and socket joint (and other joints you may not be aware of being damaged). In CBD’s ‘talk’ with a dog’s body, the receptors, pain is also reduced significantly.
How Much CBD Should You Give a Dog With Hip Dysplasia?
The amount of Full Spectrum CBD for dogs with hip dysplasia depends on how difficult it is for your dog to get around and your dog’s pain level. Start with a daily 9-18mg of CBD for dogs with arthritis. For our Ease tincture, this is about 1-2mLs (1mL contains 9mg of CBD), a standard eye dropper full. Remember also that CBD remains in the bloodstream for about 6-8 hours. For this reason, we recommend splitting your daily dosage into 2-3 doses.
If you don’t notice a difference in one to two weeks, try increasing the dosage. You can increase by another 9-18 mg, until you see results. You’ll know you found the correct dose when you see your dog run faster, jump higher, and become puppy-like again.
If your dog’s optimal dose is higher than 35mg of CBD a day, you may want to consider our Heal tincture. This tincture has 37mg of CBD per 1mL. Instead of giving 4mLs of Ease to achieve 35mg of CBD, you would only give 1mL of Heal, daily.
Take Action Now
The sooner you take action, the more successful the outcome with be, and the less damage your dog inflicts on their joints. This is particularly true for large-breed dogs. Since they are more prone to hip dysplasia, it’s definitely a condition to watch for. Look for symptoms so you’re able to take action swiftly. We want to make sure we help as quickly as possible to allow our pups to live longer, happier, and healthier.
Belle was always an active dog. Her owner, Sandra describes the now 12 year old shepherd, wolf hound as one who loves to run fast, play hard and hop around the fields behind their house.
Like many dogs, as Belle got into her senior years her pet parents started to notice some changes in her mobility. Her hips started to show signs of weakness and discomfort and after a few triggering events, she began to lose her mobility faster and faster.
Unfortunately, some breeds, no matter how well loved and cared for, can be prone to certain degenerative diseases. German shepherds, a breed from which Belle certainly takes some genetic heritage, are prone to issues with the hind quarters. Hip dysplasia in dogs is extremely common and often leads to a debilitating pain and loss of mobility.
After using numerous other hemp products before for her dogs, Sandra talks about some of the reasons she believes CBD Dog Health’s EASE and HEAL have worked so much better for her dogs. First of all, these products are all full-spectrum.
“I like the fact that it’s full spectrum, I get that. It’s like with whole foods versus a single vitamin. when you get the whole food you can think of it like a whole orchestra playing. But if you just take like vitamin C, it might just be like a certain section of the orchestra playing and it doesn’t sound as good when you really want the whole orchestra working together to create the best music. “
After just a short time using EASE and HEAL CBD oil for arthritis and hip dysplasia, Belle started loosening up and growing more comfortable doing some of the activities she used to love. She was able to walk further, play longer and enjoy her time with her sister Pups.
“The less pain she’s in, the more I can exercise her the more the muscles can kind of get a little stronger. So my goal for her was to try and increase a little bit of that muscle mass that we initially lost because of the slowness or the degenerative disease.”
Belle is now getting back to her normal self and feeling a pep in her step again, without the pain from inflammation and pain in her back legs.
“The only thing I wish is that, I would have had it a little bit earlier for Belle, you know? So as soon as symptoms started, I would have been able to start to help her because then I think it’s easier for the body to heal itself.”
Tater, an adorable Chihuahua, has two luxating patellas and hip dysplasia in both hips. To add to it, he also has arthritis. Tater was barely able to walk when he was brought in by his foster parents. The effects from his health were so severe he barely had an appetite.
The recommendation? Tater was provided with 1 mL of HEAL 1100 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD for hip dysplasia once daily each morning.
When we asked the foster parents how he was doing, the update was sensational. Tater is now able to walk, AND RUN, without pain! His foster family added his appetite has increased and his arthritis has improved. Before the CBD for hip dysplasia was introduced, his quality of life was extremely low. He is now soaking up the simple, but BIG, joys in life, as he continues to take HEAL daily.
14 year old Black Lab, Miss Daisie, could barely use her back legs prior to starting CBD for hip dysplasia and pain. What was her recommendation? A full drop of HEAL in the morning and another full dropper at night. She was provided a heavier dose than average due the severity of her pain each day.
“She could barely use her back legs and was dragging them behind her – although she wanted to be part of the pack, she could barely keep up. She is given a dropper full of HEAL in the am and PM. Its a heavier dose but she was also suffering from a tumor and was in a lot of pain. Today she can run, play, and even jump on the couch.”
The success stories shared with us are critical to understanding how much CBD can change your dog’s life. From severe pain to the ability to willingly and happily play, run, and jump? We couldn’t be happier.
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